Television Correspondent for BET & FOX. Nationally known Fundraising Executive. Wife. Mother. Christian. Professor. Harvard Graduate. MIT Trained Communications Expert. These are a few of M. Gasby Brown’s accomplishments. Now add self-taught VISUAL ARTIST.
Gasby Brown has been the New York Correspondent for BET, a reporter for Fox Television’s WNYW in New York, where she was a Financial Correspondent for “The McCreary Report”, host of WNYC-TV’s “Black Viewpoint” and host of “Starz Talk!” a syndicated radio show distributed to 250 stations across the country. She holds a MPA from Harvard University where she specialized in Communications Management. She conducted advanced research in New Communications Technology at MIT and participated in its renowned Media Lab. Brown has served as an adjunct professor at City College, where her highly popular courses in Black Rhetoric, Argumentation and Debate and Communications enlightened students from a myriad of nationalities and cultures.
Ms. Brown has made her mark as an executive at national organizations such as Greenpeace, National Urban League and the Washington National Opera, bringing innovative and strategic programs that have remained in place. A natural risk taker, Gasby Brown founded THE GASBY GROUP, INC. in 2000, of which she is the Chairman & CEO.
And yet, with all of this, in July of 2002 she began to paint. “For several months, I had a recurring dream about painting trees and other objects. Even when I was awake, the images of painting were vivid and continued to haunt me” Gasby recalls. She made the courageous decision to align the vision with reality and started her painting journey. Her first painting was, indeed, a tree.
Entirely self-taught and inspired by visions, dreams and ideas, Gasby has become a prolific artist, painting over 100 pieces, capturing a variety of genres including abstract, realism and expressionism extracted from her life experiences and world view. Gasby draws particular inspiration from art greats William Tolliver, Annie Lee and Jacob Lawrence and has established her own signature painting style with the mixed media works of her “Praise” and “Celebration” series.
Since embarking on her artistic journey 3 years ago, her works were included in an exhibit with artists James Denmark, Joseph Holston, Ted Ellis and Paul Goodnight. Her debut art show in Washington DC, NO PERMISSION NEEDED 2004, was a rousing success and quickly established a broad base of collectors across the country. In addition to being a featured artist at Visions Gallery in Georgetown, Gasby’s art was highlighted on the nationally televised Renovate My Place produced by Al Roker Productions and received coverage in The Gazette newspaper that is published by The Washington Post. She has been selected as the featured “Black History Month Artist” 2 years in a row by Art & Frame Gallery in Fort Washington, Maryland. Gasby Brown has been commissioned by national and international organizations to use her works as images for signature fundraising events and projects. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines invited Gasby to participate in its 5 city auction tour to benefit inner city arts programs. She was hand picked by the County Executive of Prince George’s County to be one of five artists to be featured for the Women’s History Month Celebration 2005. In February 2006, three of her works were exhibited by the renowned Just Lookin’ Gallery at the National Black Fine Arts Show in New York City.Owners of her art represent an elite group of collectors across the country including celebrities, sports figures, and corporate, civic and religious leaders.
Gasby resides in Fort Washington, Maryland with her husband, and partner, Kenneth R. Brown.